Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota

4.5
5168 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
Family-owned and operated for more than 114 years, Columbia has earned acclaim for its old-world charm and award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine.

Casual attire is fine, but we don’t allow sleeveless shirts on men in the dining room.

Join us for century-old family recipes like Paella "a la Valenciana," Roast Pork "a la Cubana,"and fresh seafood specialties. Don’t miss Columbia’s Original “1905” Salad®, prepared with our delicious, freshly-made dressing, a 100-year-old family recipe of fresh garlic, oregano, wine vinegar and Spanish extra virgin olive oil.

Be sure to sample a fine Spanish wine like Montecillo or Campillo. Relax outdoors on our patio, or inside our Mediterranean-style dining rooms filled with hand-painted tiles and family heirlooms.

We are a sister to the Columbia in Tampa's Ybor City, founded in 1905. Children's menu available. Open 365 days a year, including all holidays.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 5168 people are saying
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vipRoss
Salt Lake City
50 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

we are regulars. Food was average. Service was very slow and uncoordinated.

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JeannaL
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambience, service, and food. The Grouper Jimmy was the best thing I ever had. Try the bread pudding. Outstanding.

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mgem80
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. We done at the Columbia every time we travel to the area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Menu changed. They got rid of the best soup they had. There were half dead flies all inside the indoor dining area. Service was slow. They made one of us put on a long sleeve shirt because he was wearing a tank top but we saw 3 females with tank tops eating inside, no problem. Manager was asked about the different policy for women versus men and came up with some story about how traditional family ownership wanted the business to be run and how they used to require jackets.

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KrisA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious Sunday Brunch. Crowded but managed well by staff. Visit to table by manager to ensure everything was to our expectation. Food was delicious. Great table on the patio. Will be back again soon!

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vipjasonr
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and service was outstanding. 1905 salad, stuffed grouper and shrimp, white and red sangria, coupled with a patio seat and Jason running the show made for a great evening. We look forward to coming back soon when they are back to full menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On vacation and couldn’t miss going to Columbia for dinner. The 1905 salad is the best. Make sure you try the sangria as well.

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CatherineA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took our grandson and his wife ..we loved it so much we are thinking on having our 50 the anniversary dinner there with the family..still have two years to go...

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was good, not great. Drinks were horrible - my husband’s beer was warm, and the red sangria might have been the worst I’ve ever had. Ambiance was nice and service was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

1905 Salad was awesome as usual. Not a fan of either appetizers we ordered. The black beans and rice very good. We have a great table outside and enjoyed people watching on the sidewalk. Mojito was very good! Hit the spot!

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RobertC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food aand service was excellent. the salad being prepared at the table was fantastic . management came by to check on our overall thoughts about our visit. couldn't have been more enjoyable.

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vipJohnK
Naples
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Columbia has always been one of our favorite restaurants in Sarasota. The 1905 salad is my favorite salad of any kind. They recently redid their menu. The selections are good, however, I miss the stuffed pepper tapas and the Pompano in parchment paper, We've been twice in the last few weeks and I noticed the bread is not as hot as it used to be.

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NotGood2021
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience4

The bar was not using anejo as advertised. I watched the bartender mix the margarita and questioned him, so he mixed me another with reposado saying anejo was unavailable due to COVID. The waitress served me silver instead of reposado and said she did not understand. All charges were for anejo on the bill. A wine we ordered was never served. Appetizers were great, main courses used cheap overspiced meat.

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PaulM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our table was ready soon after our time. Our waiter was very friendly and attentive. Our meal was very good and it was a good value for the food we received.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A group of us had a wonderful lunch on a Friday afternoon, the arrangements to reserve a table and be notified when it was ready we're electronic and perfect. Our waiter Ryan was extremely helpful, very very knowledgeable of the food offerings and gave us great service. The bathroom was crowded but perfectly kept we went into the gift store and it's always a Charming experience. The noise level was high for those who might be affected by it and the crowd was happy and excited. Definitely a favored yearly occurrence

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KristinaB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was very good and they had a great selection. Reservations were easy to make and service was good

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RobertD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The experience is good, food very average for the price. My buddy was raving about but I thought it was just average.

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vipMufasa
Naples
60 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I lived in Tampa for 12 years and fell in love with the Cuban food at the Columbia in Ybor city!!! Now living in Naples, the Sarasota restaurant is the one closest to me now!!! I miss the food!!! The food is always authentic and served with a smile!!! Will be back many many times!!!! 1905 salad is delicious!!!

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vipprincipalvic
New England
69 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Columbia is a must do for us whenever we visit the area. After shopping at St. Armand’s Circle, it’s food and drinks are an excellent choice. The White Sangria and 1905 Martinis were refreshing while its signature salad and steak sandwich were tasty. Many choices from the menu. Service by Richard was excellent! Looking for Spanish, this a must go.

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vipSteveW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Have been to your restaurant numerous times and we enjoy it very much. My only negative comment is your reservation/ check system is very stressed. I realize the pandemic has made things difficult but my last 2 experiences have been less than ideal. Recently we came without a reservation and put our

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Ellie
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience5

We love this restaurant but not so much tonight. It is always busy for dinner but service has always been attentive. Not tonight. We waited a long time for our waiter. Usually the bread comes out quickly but everything was very slow tonight and when my dinner arrived, it was cold. That has never happened before. So, I was disappointed. I hope this is not a trend but an aberration.

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Madonna
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great time at this restaurant and we always order the 1905 salad and the blackbean soup. It's well worth eating here and we always enjoy the atmosphere.

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vipDebbie
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great as usual and our server Lisa was fabulous!

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DennisL
Montreal
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, consistently delicious food. Our favorite restaurant in the area.

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Skip
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Birthday, fun but some choices toooo sauced.. delicious 1905 salad and baked bread....chicken and ribeye choices were very good.

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vipTJ100
Tampa
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Still on a limited menu, although it's pretty extensive anyway.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, fun place to taste authentic Cuban food! It’s wonderful!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always!!! One of the best places to eat in Sarasota!

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SamuelJ
Little Rock
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best

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SamD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The restaurant was crazy busy. The service was good but the food is just average

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vipMarkC
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

A famous restaurant in Sarasota- a restaurant that lives off its reputation versus the quality of its food. Very average food and not worth the hype. If they don’t improve then give it some time snd the place will go under.

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MariaB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s nice to go to a Restaurant that has such Great Authentic Cuban, Spanish Food. That they haven’t changed the level of Quality.
Probably should open another one in Bradenton or in Anna Maria, it’s just too crowded

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ElaineS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t been back in a year due to COVID. As always, truly delicious!! Sat outside with our dogs. Waiter and sparking sangria were outstanding! Thanks for an amazing afternoon.

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gingerg
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Server could have been more attentive. We had to ask another to help out.

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JANDL
Tampa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience! Love the mojito. Were very pleased to be seated as we requested. Our waitress, Lissa G.,
was excellent and was a sparkling personality. We'll be back!

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Maggie
Naples
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is always a favorite spot of ours to eat when visiting Sarasota or Clearwater. We have enjoyed every selection from the menu.
Service is always excellent and the tables were nicely distanced from each other. Thumbs up from us.

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SRQChief
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal at Columbia on St. Armands! Delicious food, generous portions and excellent service!!

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1sewsweet
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was our fifth time at this restaurant (first time since the pandemic). They tried to keep the crowds down in the restaurant. We came for their fabulous "brown rice" but unfortunately there had not added it back to the menu (not a fan of the yellow rice). Although they were extremely busy, we did not feel rushed. Service was fantastic as always from the hostess, bar to the wait staff!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Columbia never lets down. Whether it be Ybor, St.Augustine, Tampa Airport, or Sarasota the quality is always there and consistent. When the Mojitos start flowing as they start putting that amazing 1905 salad together right at your table side you know you are in for a treat. We like to try new things off of the menu all the time, however when it comes to lunch we always get stuck on the half and half. This time was half an amazing Cuban sandwich, and the Spanish bean soup. And of course for something new was the Shrimp and Yellow Rice. All said and done in the last 20 years I have eaten at the Columbia I have never had a bad experience.

FAQs

Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 388-3987.

Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota is rated 4.5 stars by 5168 OpenTable diners.

Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://mgd.mercury-gift.com/columbiarestaurant.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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